Is the world ending again?
Maybe. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a panel of scientists and academics that’s been tracking nuclear threats since the 1940s, has ticked the Doomsday Clock forward to just two minutes shy of midnight.
The symbolic clock is closer to midnight – and a nuclear doomsday – than it’s ever been.
Why do scientists think we’re so close to doomsday?
The group says nuclear weapons and climate change are the biggest threats to humankind. They believe the world is close to nuclear war because of the rapid growth of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program last year and because the Trump administration has added gasoline to the fire.
“Hyperbolic rhetoric and provocative actions by both sides have increased the possibility of nuclear war by accident or miscalculation,” the report said.
The scientists also say President Donald Trump pushed the world closer to doomsday by withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.
“Nuclear weapons aren’t a joke. But your argument kind of loses the punch when you put climate change as the same danger as nuclear weapons,” Glenn said on today’s show.
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GLENN: I want you to know, we’re not going to make it. We’re not going to make it.
Yesterday, very disturbing bulletin came out from atomic scientists, which sound like a secret society of weirdos. But they got together and moved the doomsday clock 30 seconds ahead.
Oh, my God. I remember as a kid, the doomsday clock, and the fear it instilled in me. And, of course, we all died, you know, back in the ’70s, when they were doing this. I mean, they’ve been doing the doomsday clock for a while.
It’s two minutes until midnight now. And the doomsday clock, it hasn’t been two minutes to midnight since 1953. And you remember, right? I mean, you remember — what was doomsday — doomsday 1956, when the world exploded, and everybody died. And then again they set the doomsday clock, I think it was like three minutes to — to midnight. You know, during the Reagan administration.
It was just crazy. You remember we all died. But, you know, this isn’t some Casio doomsday clock. This is the official doomsday clock. This is the one that should freak you out.
The Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, fifteen Nobel Prize winners. You do not win a Nobel Prize for nothing.
Anyway, they have been setting the doomsday clock for a while. They’ve been setting this thing for 71 years. And one of the members said at a press conference today, the danger of some sort of nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War. And most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.
Worst than the Cold War. Now, what’s the alarm? Well, the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with the looming threats of nuclear war and climate change.
GLENN: Ten years ago, the group said climate change is nearly as dire as the danger of nuclear weapons. But that was before Donald Trump got in.
Now they are equally as dangerous. Trump and climate change. Those are the ultimate bogeyman of the left.
Another doomsday spokesman said the risk of nuclear weapons being used undoubtedly increased last year, which is why they’ve decided to move the clock ahead 30 seconds. But they also said that the danger is worse because of humanity’s inaction on climate change.
That’s crazy. Now, reading between the lines, I guess that means the world is getting hotter. And then it will get super, super hot.
And, you know, people will be in a bad mood because it’s hotter. As we know, in — you know, in Chicago, when it gets hot, if there’s a heat wave in Chicago, that is what causes everybody to break down.
So if it gets hot, like it does in Chicago, and it’s a heat wave all around the world — nuclear war. And then it’s 7,000 degrees. And then I don’t know what to do.
Because I wasn’t around in 1956, when it was this close to doomsday. And, of course, we had the doomsday, you know, when everybody died back then. Back then, and in the ’70s. I don’t remember them clearly.
So I don’t know what we would do.
Now, I hate to sound insensitive to the doomsday crowd because nuclear weapons aren’t a joke. But your argument kind of loses a punch when you put climate change as the same danger as nuclear weapons. And I know — I know climate change.
Here’s one: Let’s try AI.
You know how they described — AI was part of moving it. But they said, that’s the vague threat of AI. AI researchers will tell you that AI has a much better chance of happening in the next 20 years than anything with climate change. And the good news: If you want to look for good news with AI, AI might give us all the answers on how we can protect the planet.
But I just want to give credit to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. I mean, they won a Nobel Prize.
And, again, they just don’t give those out. Not the nuclear war isn’t a serious threat. But we need a separate larger, more urgent clock, that counts us down to AI. Counts us down to all of the troubles. Counts us down to all of us just tearing each other apart.
How about that one? Maybe that’s a doomsday clock that we should be watching. And, you know, not just because the guy who is in office you don’t like.